Let’s open up another chapter here in the unique way UGA recruits elite players. Yet if we do leave it at that, it must also be summarized as an “eye-opening” or “amazing” visit for elite Louisiana OL prospect Sedrick Van Pran.
Notice how a position was not specified. That’s because the Bulldogs have not pinpointed a position either. Sam Pittman likes the fact Van Pran can snap a ball, but also work well at guard or center. (See: 5-star OT recruit Cade Mays and the 2018 season.)
“Coach Pittman thinks that I can be a heck of a center,” Van Pran told Dawgnation after the visit. “But also he does like the fact he can throw me elsewhere on the line. He kind of likes me because I have the ability to snap the ball but he kind of wants to use me as a Swiss Army Knife wherever he can use me and plug me in along the future.”
Van Pran is a different dude. The operating system between his ears cycles on what he thinks. Not the way others expect him to think.
It makes him one of the more original fellows in this class. Not just the nation’s No. 2 center prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
Van Pran doesn’t feel location matters more than the “best fit” in his decision. He aims to be a graphic designer when his days of playing ball are up. He’s savvy enough to realize he pushes other very large men out of the way so he can pull in a four-year degree. At the least.
This visit was highly unique because Kirby Smart let him be the DJ for a UGA practice day. He got to play his favorite “hype” song.
He was also told by Smart he was at the apex of the board for the combo guard spot. Look for the Bulldogs to try to sign 2-3 elite tackles and another pair of combo OLs in the 2020 class.
The Sedrick Van Pran requested lyrics go like this:
What song did he give Smart?
Van Pran has a lot of favorites right now. He could have put his finger on another track or two, but for some reason, it was “Amazing” by Kanye West that popped in his head.
“It does get me pretty pumped,” Van Pran said. “Just the lyrics and the mellow beat it kind of levels me out.”
It’s amazing I’m the reason Everybody fired up this evening I’m exhausted barely breathing Holding on to what I believe in
No matter what you’ll never take that from me My reign is as far as your eyes can see… its amazing So amazing, so amazing So amazing, it’s amazing So amazing, so amazing So amazing, it’s amazing
I’m a monster I’m a killer I know I’m wrong I’m a problem That will never ever be solved
No matter what you’ll never take that from me My reign is as far as your eyes can see… it’s amazing So amazing, so amazing So amazing, it’s amazing So amazing, so amazing So amazing, it’s amazing
Those hooks blared to kick off Georgia’s practice on Saturday. It was an example of how Kirby Smart listened to what Van Pran had to say earlier in the visit.
“That was unique,” Van Pran said. “I can honestly say that nobody has ever paid that much attention to detail. Honestly, it was just crazy. He didn’t have a pencil or a pen or notepad or anything when I told him that.”
“For him to remember that two hours before practice and then you know the time it takes for him to make something like that happen and tell the guys to play that song first. It is kind of crazy.”
UGA pancaked a Sedrick Van Pran perception
To hear Van Pran tell it, Georgia has long been “in it” for his recruiting process. The Bulldogs are coming hard, but he feels like other schools have shown more overall interest.
He hears from a few schools daily. Those are not the University of Georgia. Van Pran said the frequency there comes about once a week. Maybe a little more.
So he made the trip to Athens with the notion in his head that other schools wanted him more for their offensive line room. Needless to say, he did not leave Athens feeling that way.
“I would say [the visit] was an eye-opener,” he said. “Kind of makes me evaluate and solidify some of the things that I want in a school. But we could go with ‘amazing’ as well to describe the visit.”
It started with the song.
“I was flabbergasted,” Van Pran said. “I was like ‘Wow, he really played that song that I just told him earlier.’ It was crazy. It was like a surreal moment. He paid attention to detail because I’ve never experienced something like that before.”
When they met later that day, Smart pointed that out. He asked if Van Pran noticed he played that for him.